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Animal rescue organization dedicated to the rescue of abandoned dogs and cats and animal welfare education in Costa Ballena, Costa Rica.
Our MISSION at El RefUgio is grand and we know it. But for the love of Costa Rica’s Cats and Dogs we are determined to not give up until we achieve it….
• For every cat and dog of Costa Ballena to feel the safety and warmth of a loving furever home, aiming first to offer every animal that needs it, a temporary home at our Refuge
• To reduce the population of unwanted and ill cats and dogs by offering easy and cost effective access to spay/neuter surgeries and appropriate vaccines
• To act as stewards to every animal in our care from rescue through to adoption and beyond
• To provide free education to school children and the community at large to improve the overall welfare of animals in our area
• To place as much focus on our animals’ emotional wellbeing as we do on their physical wellness
Please consider joining our team to achieve this mission.
Costa Ballena, home of the Whale Marine National Park in Costa Rica, is known for its wide, sandy beaches backed by palm trees and distant green mountain ridges, making it one of the most scenic and accessible coastlines in the country. The area is teaming with wildlife and is a tropical paradise for those that live here… a SANCTUARY, a shelter and a SAFE place to call home. The locals are friendly and welcoming, and acts of violence towards people are some of the lowest in the country.
Unfortunately, however, not every animal that lives here experiences the same peace, joy and connectivity. Thousands of cats and dogs each year are lost, abandoned or injured, finding themselves without food, fresh water or a home to call their own. Their lives are constantly in danger as a result of living near roadways or in the jungle, as they seek only to survive day-to-day.
It is from witnessing firsthand the pain and suffering of these homeless and injured cats and dogs of Costa Ballena that El RefUgio (The Refuge) was born.
We at El RefUgio know that the population of unwanted and ill cats and dogs MUST be controlled by frequent and ongoing spay/neuter and vaccine clinics. We also know that more education is needed within the community and our schools to improve the welfare of these animals; and we are focused on making a difference in these areas.
However, what we aim to provide first and foremost is a house… a home… a temporary FAMILY for these lost, abandoned and injured animals. Somewhere they can feel SAFE and loved, and be kept healthy while they wait for their perfect forever family.
El RefUgio is not a traditional shelter. We are a soft landing place, a ‘house’ for animals that feels like a HOME. Our aim is to never cage an animal unnecessarily and to always place as much importance on their emotional well being as their physical wellness. Our aim is to open our hearts to every animal that needs us.
El RefUgio is a non-profit NO-KILL animal rescue organi